Johnson is currently listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury after being injured in the first period of a 2-1 loss on Saturday night in St. Louis. The Blue Jackets (5-11-2) will be the next team trying to give the Chicago Blackhawks (14-0-3) their first regulation loss in a game Sunday night at United Center.
Johnson, who’d been playing on the second pairing with Adrian Aucoin, missed a couple of shifts toward the end of the first period against the Blues on Saturday night, then tried to play at the start of the second. He left the ice 6:47 into the second and didn’t return.
The Blue Jackets, who are also without forwards Brandon Dubinsky (knee sprain) and Artem Anisimov (upper-body), recalled forward Ryan Johansen from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Sunday morning to take Johnson’s place.
Johnson had one goal and seven assists in 17 games prior to the injury. The only other defenseman on the active roster is 22-year old John Moore, who has one assist in 11 games. Moore, Columbus’ No.1 pick (No. 21 overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, has also missed four games while injured and sat the previous two games.
The 20-year old Johansen had two assists in 10 games with the Blue Jackets before being reassigned on Feb. 6 to Springfield. Johansen, the Blue Jackets’ No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, scored 17 goals with 16 assists in 40 AHL games this season.
Columbus also recalled forward Nick Drazenovic from Springfield on Saturday.
As for the Blackhawks, second-line center Dave Bolland left a 2-1 win Friday night against the San Jose Sharks with an upper-body injury after two periods and didn’t return for the third. Bolland’s status for Sunday night will be announced when Chicago coach Joel Quenneville meets with reporters prior to the game.
If Bolland can’t go, look for fourth-line center Marcus Kruger or third-line center Andrew Shaw to bump up to play between Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane on the second line. Veteran Jamal Mayers could also enter the lineup to center the fourth line.
Here is how the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks might line up on Sunday night:
Brandon Dubinsky (IR lower body, knee)
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